Monolinguals, where are you?
La conferenza fa parte del ciclo delle Conversazioni linguistiche, una serie di incontri che offrono a linguiste/i italiane/i e internazionali un'occasione per confrontarsi sui rispettivi studi e per tenersi aggiornate/i sui nuovi sviluppi della ricerca.
- Antonella Sorace, Università di Edinburgo
Linguistics research has traditionally been shaped by the concept of native monolingual speaker. Research on bilingualism and language learning has also defined developmental stages and features of bilinguals in terms of distance ("non-native”, “near-native”, “native-like”) or differences (‘advantages’ or ‘disadvantages’) with respect to native monolingual norms. I will show how interdisciplinary research that combines the strengths of linguistic, cognitive and social models questions the notion of the ‘monolingual speaker’ as a default point of reference. This, in turn, opens up new ways to do research on bilingualism and, more generally, on language.